Redfearn delivers verdict on Leeds play-off chances, claims 25-year-old is outstanding
By Will Butcher
Neil Redfearn is confident that Leeds can gain promotion to the Premier League through the Championship play-offs this season.
The Yorkshire giants suffered a 1-0 loss to Reading on Saturday evening, and now sit in fifth place with seven league games remaining.
Speaking to Football on 5 during Saturday night’s broadcast, former Leeds boss Redfearn claimed 25-year-old striker Chris Wood is incredible.
Redfearn, who managed Rotherham after being sacked at Elland Road, claimed Leeds have the best two centre-backs in the division in Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson.
“I think it has been a fantastic season for Leeds – we shouldn’t look past that,” Redfearn said. “Wherever they’ve got enough in the play-offs to go up, on evidence I think perhaps they have.
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“In Chris Wood they have an outstanding goalscorer, and for me I think they’ve got the best two centre-halves in the division in Bartley and Jansson. They’ve got both penalty areas boxed off.”
— Channel 5 Sport (@Channel5Sport) April 1, 2017
Veteran striker Yann Kermorgant scored a superb first-time effort that goalkeeper Rob Green failed to stop despite getting a hand to it at the Madjeski Stadium.
The win saw Jaap Stam’s side leapfrog Leeds into fourth place, after a week-long saga of mind games and attacks in the media between both sides.
Leeds must now look to put their first defeat in eight games behind them as they travel to Griffin Park to face Dean Smith’s Brentford, who have won their two last matches.
Three points for Garry Monk’s Elland Road outfit will see them climb back up to fourth, if Reading lose to Blackburn at home in the week.
In other Leeds news, Noel Whelan believes this first-team regular has now become a problem for Monk.